Nickel Barons rally to edge Blackhawks



Release Date: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Nickel Barons rally to edge Blackhawks

SUDBURY – A Christopher Rossi power play tally with 5:56 remaining lifted the Sudbury Nickel Barons to a 3-2 come from behind decision over the Mattawa Blackhawks in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League affair Wednesday evening at McClelland Arena.

The Nickel Barons would get on the board first as rookie forward Jackson Gunner notched his initial NOJHL goal beating Mattawa netminder Joe Sheppard at 14:26.

It stayed that way until midway through the contest when the Blackhawks pulled even as Jimmy Philbin notched the equalizer potting his 14th of the campaign.

Mattawa then took the lead thanks to special teams as Tyler Brodersen connected while his club was down a man at 16:43 to put the visitors up by one after two periods of play.

It was Sudbury’s turn to level the proceedings in the third as August Jarecki tied it 6:40 into the final frame.

Rossi then capped off the Nickel Barons comeback with his man advantage marker that secured Sudbury’s won for a fourth straight time while improving to 7-0-1-0 in their past eight outings.

Sheehan Kirkwood dished out a pair of assists for the Barons, including one on the game-winner.

Jessie Morin made 27 saves to pick up the victory for Sudbury while Sheppard faced 40 shots in defeat for the Blackhawks.